12:59 07/09/2010
The Mongolian Education Sector: the Role of International Volunteers

Valuing international volunteers in the Mongolian education sector

Last month, VSO Mongolia published The Mongolian Education Sector: the Role of International Volunteers, a research report written by VSO staff, Tsolmon Gundenbal and VSO volunteer Aliénor Salmon.

The report reveals that although education is a priority for the Mongolian Government there are still many challenges. The findings showed the… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Viviane Reading speaking at the launch of EYV 2011

VSO and the European Year of Volunteering 2011

Recently, I attended the launch of the European year of Volunteering (EYV 2011) at a conference in Budapest, Hungary, where the EU Presidency is currently being held.  Viviane Reding, Vice President of the European Commission and the Prime Minister of Hungary, Pal Schmitt launched the event.  Both emphasised their commitment to EYV2011 and the work… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Lila Devi and VSO volunteer Sangita Singh in India

Pushing the boundaries of volunteerism

On International Volunteer Day I thought it would be a great opportunity to tell you more about our work to improve the policies that affect volunteerism. As a development organisation that works through volunteers, VSO is keen to engage with other organisations that work with volunteers. United Nations Volunteers (UNV) is… Read more »


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